Dick's Sporting Goods To Stop Selling Guns In 125 Stores

Dick’s Sporting Goods To Stop Selling Guns In 125 Stores

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Dick’s Sporting Goods plans to remove guns from 125 stores, CEO Ed Stack said in an earnings call Tuesday. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP, File) Dick’s Sporting Goods, which banned assault-style weapons from all of its stores after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last year, said Tuesday it will remove firearms from 125 of its lowest-performing stores later this year. Firearms sales will stop around mid-August at the stores, which weren’t listed. They represent about 17 percent of the chain’s stores. It operates 729 stores under the Dick’s Sporting Goods logo, 94 Golf Galaxy stores and 35 Field & Stream Stores. Ed Stack, chief executive officer of the Coraopolis, Pennsylvania-based chain, said on a quarterly earnings call that if the decision works out well in the 125 stores, it will remove hunting gear from even more stores, Bloomberg reported. The hunting gear includes rifles, ammunition and accessories associated with hunting. Last year, Dick’s gave the policy a trial run in 10 stores, resulting in a rise in fourth-quarter sales at those locations, Stack said on the call. The company replaced the hunting items with kayaks and other outdoor gear. After it was revealed that accused Parkland shooter Nikolaus Cruz purchased a weapon from a Dick’s store, the chain removed not only assault-style weapons from its inventory, but also high-capacity magazines. The gun Cruz purchased was not used in the attack, which killed 17 people, but Stack said at the time that it could have been, The New York Times reported. At […]

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